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 Securities (B): Portfolio Holdings of U.S and Foreign Securities

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  1. Major Foreign Holders of U.S. Treasury Securities (monthly)
    (see News items dated 5-15-2015 and 8-15-2013 below)
    1. Additional mfh historical data. Also in "CSV" format.
    2. (4-15-2015) Recent data for all countries. Also in "CSV" format.
    3. (4-15-2015) Global (includes a set for each country) since December 2013. Also in "CSV" and "txt (tab-delimited)"formats to download for spreadsheets. The list of country codes and names is in the "Help For TIC Data Users" box in the upper-right section of the webpage.
    4. Description of methodology.
      • Treasury bills and certificates held by foreigners are in the banking liabilities data (column 9 in files in section B).
      • Holdings of nonmarketable Treasury bonds and notes issued to official institutions and other residents of foreign countries. Also in "CSV" format.
    5. Comparison with Federal Reserve data on official holdings (FAQ #10.a).

  2. Monthly Holdings of U.S. Long-term Securities at Current Market Value by Foreign Residents (from SLT reports)
    1. Total holdings by all foreign countries; by type, holder and issuer.
    2. Holdings by country (files include both recent and historical data):

  3. Monthly Holdings of Foreign Long-term Securities at Current Market Value by U.S. Residents (from SLT reports)
    1. Total holdings by all U.S. residents; by type, holder and issuer.
    2. U.S. holdings by country of issuer (files include both recent and historical data):

  4. Monthly Holdings of Short-term Debt (from banking liabilities reports)
    1. holdings of short-term U.S. securities by foreign residents
    2. holdings of short-term foreign securities by U.S. residents.

  5. Types of foreign portfolio investment in the United States (quarterly). Total U.S. banking & securities liabilities to foreign residents.
    1. (1-16-2014) Recent data. Also in ”CSV” format.
    2. (1-16-2014) Historical data to 2012. Also in ”CSV” format.


      1. (5-15-2015) [This updates the 4-15-2015 announcement.] Starting with the April 15, 2015 release of monthly TIC data, a new data series on foreign holders of U.S. Treasury securities is available (lines A.2 & A.3 above).  The series now begins with data for September 2011, the first month of SLT data publication. This series is not new information; it was created for the convenience of users and combines the SLT data on holdings of long term Treasuries with the banking data on short-term Treasuries. This series covers more countries than are available in the historical series for the "Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities" (line A.1 above.).

      2. (8-15-2013) Starting with the 8-15-2013 release, the "Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities" (MFH table) uses data from TIC Form SLT, "Aggregate Holdings of Long-Term Securities by U.S. and Foreign Residents," for all months, including preliminary SLT data for the most recent month. Previous MFH tables have used transactions data from the TIC S Form added to the prior month’s SLT data to estimate holdings for the most recent month. This release completes the transition, which began with the release of February 29, 2012, to using monthly SLT data for Treasury bonds and notes instead of using estimates based on the annual surveys of "Foreign Portfolio Holdings of U.S. Securities" plus monthly transactions data.

      3. Additional information on the data in B and C above is included in the May 15, 2012 TIC press release.

      References - recommended

      (May 2012, regarding data in B and C above) Improving the Measurement of Cross-Border Securities Holdings: The Treasury International Capital SLTPDF icon (PDF). In the wake of the financial crisis, growing interest in improving the measurement of cross-border securities positions spurred the introduction of a new Treasury International Capital (TIC) reporting form, the TIC SLT. This article reviews the existing structure of TIC cross-border position and flow data, the benefits that the new SLT can provide, and the incoming information from the first two reporting months of SLT data, September and December 2011. While some patterns and characteristics of the SLT data will become clear only after more data have accumulated, the SLT data have already begun to provide timely insights on U.S. and foreign cross-border investment flows that are different from the monthly estimates provided by existing flow data. It is from the Federal Reserve Bulletin, Volume 98, May 23, 2012, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

      For other articles on TIC data, see the Articles on TIC webpage.

    8/13/2015 4:08 PM